Candace Owens, conservative commentator and author, beat the New York Times when the newspaper made accusations about Owens echoing Russian propaganda.
Owens had come under fire for making the obvious observation that Ukraine is rife with corruption, which an NYT reporter claimed “matched” comments from Russian state media.
Owens shared an email that she was asked by a reporter for a statement.
“We’re working on a story about Russian messaging that includes some of your comments,” it reads. “We note that you advanced the idea that Ukraine was a corrupt country, which matched comments we’ve seen from Russian state media.”
Owens fired back by pointing out she didn’t get her ideas from Russian state media, but rather … the New York Times’ extensive coverage of Ukrainian corruption.
Received an email from The NYTimes asking for comment regarding me “advancing ideas that Ukraine is a corrupt country”—similar to Russian state TV.
They replied that they had my ideas actually from the New York Times. I also provided links to previous articles. 😂 pic.twitter.com/Zy6a7Btih4
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 21, 2022
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Candace Owens uploaded screenshots of an interaction she had with the New York Times concerning allegations that Owens is echoing Russian state media and commenting about corruption in Ukraine.
OK, that’s pretty funny. https://t.co/JcVTUxmnC2
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) March 21, 2022
“I am very confused by this email,” Owens writes in response. “I learned about ‘the idea that Ukraine was a corrupt country’ from the New York Times.”
She shared several links, some from The Times herself.
“You guys have covered the corruption of Ukraine extensively, for years” she added.
The initial link she passed along directs one to a New York Times editorial board column titled, “Ukraine’s Unyielding Corruption,” published in 2016.
In it, the board points out “Ukraine’s deeply ingrained culture of corruption” that is “(un)likely to change.”
It’s free entertainment! 🤣
— CentreRightBrit (@BritRight) March 21, 2022
Over the years, there has been a lot of coverage about corruption in Ukraine.
The Guardian noted as much in 2015 with the blaring headline, “Welcome to Ukraine, the most corrupt nation in Europe.”
The think tank Carnegie Europe noted in 2016, “Corruption” is an inadequate word to describe the condition of Ukraine.”
The New York Times published the following report Just three days before the Russian invasion, “…no progress has been made in fighting Corruption.”
It’s hard to believe, but all of the West’s most prestigious outlets and institutions have been stooges for Putin all along!
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Ukraine Suspends Opposition Voices
The Political Insider published Monday’s report on Ukraine’s decision to nationalize all media in spite of Russian aggression.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree that combines all national TV channels into one platform, citing the importance of a “unified information policy” under martial law.
I have supported President Zelensky’s incredible war effort.
He is mistaken to have banned 11 opposition parties as well as all TV stations.
The world is backing Ukraine because it wants to embrace democracy, after all.https://t.co/mE2r8yrkX9
— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) March 21, 2022
I perused the New York Times Tuesday morning but have yet to see any newly published columns which focus on Candace Owens or her ideas “we’ve seen from”
Russian state mediaNew York Times
We will see what the newspaper records reveal about Owens’ claims that she took her ideas regarding corruption in Ukraine directly from them.
I just love how they always do this with the “we’re finalizing the story today” crap. Them got burned and I’m here to support them.
— Pam (@lifebythecreek) March 22, 2022
The Times last column on the matter was published on February 25th where Owens is lumped together with several other “right-wing commentators.”
The commentators are accused of posting comments “that were favorable to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and that rationalized his actions against Ukraine.”
The email that Owens sent to President Joe Biden at the time is a proof of this.
“Ukrainians are dying because of the Biden family’s criminal connections and insistence on stoking conflict in the region,” she wrote.